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Divinity School dean to speak at conference

  • Keynote speaker Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago Divinity School dean

Posted on October 08, 2013

Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago Divinity School dean, will be the keynote speaker at the West Michigan Academic Consortium Conference, in collaboration with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley. This all-day conference is free and open to the public and includes breakout sessions with local scholars.

“Religious Polemics and Religious Fairness”
Tuesday, October 15
Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton SE, Grand Rapids

Mitchell’s research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings up through the end of the 4th century, with a special interest in the Pauline letters, the poetics and politics of ancient biblical interpretation, and the intersection of text, image, and artifact in the fashioning of early Christian culture.

Mitchell is the author of numerous articles and four books: Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation (1991), The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation (2000), The “Belly-Myther” of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church (2007), and Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics (2010).

For more information visit, or call (616) 331-5702.

In addition to Grand Valley State University, the West Michigan Academic Consortium includes Aquinas College, Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary.

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